February 19, 2019

Messi is not a leader - Maradona

14 October 2018, 09:34 | Anna Jefferson

BARCELONA Messi's contract includes a clause which would let him leave Barça in 2020 GORKA LEIZA DIARIO AS

BARCELONA          Messi's contract includes a clause which would let him leave Barça in 2020


Messi's current deal at the Nou Camp runs out in 2021 at the age of 33 and might not be keen to move to another European club as well as returning to Argentina after his recent experiences with the Albiceleste.

Manchester City have rubbished claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

That is according to City's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who asked Guardiola which player he desired most in the world.

That comment was believed to refer to Messi's extreme nerves before games, which have seen him vomit ahead of some important matches.

"For me, it's hard to say it but it's useless to make a leader out of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

"If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo, three-time FIFA World Cup champion Pele said".

But he has struggled to reproduce the same scintillating form when wearing the blue and white of Argentina.

Messi had been linked with the club after Pep Guardiola joined in 2016.

"It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game", Maradona said on Fox Sports.

"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never".

Messi has not appeared for the national team since the last-16 loss to eventual champions France at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Argentina are unbeaten in three games since their disappointing World Cup campaign, beating Iraq 4-0 on Thursday in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. "We have to take the pressure off him", Maradona, 57, said from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where he coaches second-tier side Dorados.

However, Lionel Scaloni's new-look side face a sterner examination of their credentials on Tuesday when they meet South American rivals Brazil in Jeddah.

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